Monday, July 11, 2016

Mission India Announces Significant Delays in US Nonimmigrant Visa Processing

From Morgan Lewis, 06/28/2016

The US Department of State recently announced that US consular posts in India are experiencing unusually long wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments. Current wait times for H and L visas are between 75 and 100 days. Current wait times for nonimmigrant visa interview appointments (not including B, F, and J visas) are as follows:

  • Chennai—75 days
  • Hyderabad—93 days
  • Kolkata—96 days
  • Mumbai—88 days
  • New Delhi—100 days

  • These backlogs will likely increase throughout the summer, especially with the enormous increase in student applications that typically occurs in the summer months. The Department of State hopes to add consular positions to alleviate the increase in visa wait times. There are also plans to open a new US consulate in India in the foreseeable future.

  • Requests for expedited processing of visa applications will usually be granted only on a humanitarian basis involving the loss or threatened loss of life. Those required to travel abroad who must obtain a visa stamp in India should consider delaying travel to India until after the backlogs have subsided. Should an Indian national have reason to travel to another jurisdiction, applying outside of India as a Third Country National may be possible, however, Indian nationals are urged to check requirements at consular posts carefully since not every consulate accepts such applications.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

STEM OPT Extension E-forms Now Available!

Attention employees eligible for a STEM OPT Extension: STEM OPT Extension e-forms are now available in iStart

If you have already completed the Intent to Pursue STEM Extension and it has been approved, you may complete the remaining forms. If you've not completed the Intent to Pursue STEM Extension e-form and your current OPT expires in the next 6 months, please begin the e-forms as soon as possible.

If you are a Georgia Tech F-1, these forms are in addition to the forms required by OIE.

Monday, May 9, 2016

U.S. Consulate in Toronto Suspends Third Country National Appointments in Summer 2016

From GreenbergTraurig, 05/06/2016

Following a trend from past summers, the U.S. Consulate in Toronto has suspended Third Country Nationals’ (non-Canadian Nationals’) visa appointments in the summer months of June, July, and August. This suspension only applies to Third Country Nationals and Canadian citizen applicants. Those Third Country Nationals who are legally living in Canada are unaffected. Third Country Nationals with an appointment already scheduled during the summer months may not be affected. However, applicants should consult with counsel or call the Consulate in advance to confirm prior to traveling to Canada.  For now, it appears that the other U.S. Consulates in Canada will continue processing Third Country Applicant visa applications during, but this could change as in years past.